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Dentons Muñoz

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Managing Partners: José Antonio Muñoz, Luis Abundio Maldonado, Gisela Porras, Benjamín Rodríguez
Senior Partners: Anna Karina Jiménez, Roy Herrera, Ana Lucrecia Tovar, Carolina Muñoz, Eduardo Zúñiga, Daniel Araya, Rodolfo Méndez, Fernando Aued, Fabio Molina, Luis Samour
Number of other lawyers: 50+

Contacts
Employment & Labour:
Anna Karina Jiménez
Immigration: Anna Karina Jiménez
Anti-Corruption: Carolina Muñoz
Compliance: Carolina Muñoz
Corporate: Daniel Araya
Tax: Daniel Araya
Trusts, Estates & Wealth Preservation: Daniel Araya
Banking & Finance: Daniel Araya
Trade, WTO & Customs: Daniel Araya
Environment & Natural Resources: Eduardo Zúñiga
Notary Services in Costa Rica: Eduardo Zúñiga
Project Development: Eduardo Zúñiga
Real Estate: Eduardo Zúñiga
Public Law/Public International Law: José Antonio Muñoz
General Counsel Services: Tatiana Reuben
Mergers & Acquisitions: Daniel Araya
Infrastructure - PPP: Eduardo Zúñiga
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Roy Herrera
Intellectual Property & Technology: Monserrat Guitart
Venture Technology & Emerging Growth Companies: Monserrat Guitart
Forect Products & Agribusiness: Eduardo Zúñiga
Government: José Antonio Muñoz
Life Sciences & Health Care: Monserrat Guitart
Energy: Daniel Araya
Communications: Monserrat Guitart
Mining: Luis Abundio Maldonado
Transportation: Eduardo Zúñiga

Firm Overview:
With offices in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala, Dentons Muñoz is the first and only full service global law firm in the Central American region. The firm is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways. Dentons Muñoz believes in having a positive and significant sustainable impact on the communities and in providing its clients with a rule-of-law based access to world-class expertise, capital, technology and best practices.

Main Areas of Practice:

Dispute Resolution:
The firm provides rule of law based results in dispute resolution. Dentons Muñoz successfully handled a multimillion Euro international arbitration. Handled two Appeals of Cassation before the Supreme Court of Guatemala on two high level tax cases.

Banking & Finance:
Debt financing and loan security packages, debt restructuring, issuance of negotiable instruments, asset securitisation, investment funds and trusts. The firm represented a regional bank for a project finance syndicated loan for up to US$110 million for the development of a renewal wind energy park in Panama and a US private investment fund for the acquisition of 200 million negotiable certificates bonds issued by the Republic of Panama. Represented a multilateral financial institution and a European bank in the refinancing of the most important toll road in Costa Rica.

M&A:
The firm has a solid track record of success advising local and foreign clients on mergers, business unit spinoffs, tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, strategic alliances, collaborations, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures. It recently assisted in the purchase of one of the largest crop protection manufacturer in the region by a Netherlandish corporation.

Real Estate:
Provides ongoing sophisticated advice to residential, commercial or mixed-use developments. The firm represents the developer of the largest private free trade zone in Panama. Additionally, the firm is assisting a new upstart in the ultra-luxury boutique hotel and spa space in the acquisition of three properties, both in the negotiation and creation of the corporate structure for future acquisitions.

Corporate:
Provides corporate legal counsel on a permanent basis, corporate governance advice and corporate advice to foreign direct investors arriving or expanding their presence. Currently advises a German pharmaceutical company in its day to day negotiation of agreements with suppliers and clients. Recently helped a multinational corporation, in the pharmaceutical industry, establish a financial shared services centre in Costa Rica. Represented a leading life sciences company in the acquisition of a major cardamom processing facility in Guatemala.

Tax:
Dentons Muñoz provides tax advice and defends the interests of its clients in court. The firm assisted a beneficiary of the Free Zone Regime in disabling an area authorised for operation, avoiding all major obstacles until the achievement of the final authorisation from authorities.

Public Law:
Provides rule of law based government procurement advice. The firm represents the Inter-American Development Bank in designing the Alliance for Prosperity Fund, the largest mixed-capital fund in the history of Central America to develop strategic infrastructure in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Dentons advises a large Spanish energy provider in the administration of one of the few private hydro-electric projects in Costa Rica working under a BOT-PPA contract.

Employment:
Through ongoing preventive advice, Dentons Muñoz balances employer and employee interests, advances the Rule of Law principle, deals with employee protectionism in Central America, understands and deals with the particularities of labour law in each Central American jurisdiction. Provides ongoing employment advice to a multinational technology company in the airline and travel industry.

Intellectual Property & Technology:
Dentons Muñoz links start-ups with investors and potential clients, provides interactive real time technological solutions to clients to manage their intellectual property, fight piracy and counterfeiting and offers sensible IT law and privacy advice.